Come September 1, 2009, Canadian bumper standards will finally adhere to those in Europe and the United States, despite IIHS disagreeing on the matter. Canada's current standards have very strict low speed impact requirements. These damage protection standards often lead manufacturers to tack ugly padding on their bumpers. The unique standards can also be used as an excuse to keep many vehicles out of the Canadian market altogether. The costs necessary for manufacturers to meet and verify these tough regulations only up the price for the maple leaf market over the rest of North America. The adoption of a consistent standard should diminish the confusion felt by automotive consumers and allow them access to the cars they desire. It might also add more cushion for careless pedestrians who manage to get tagged by slow moving vehicles. Thanks for the tips everyone.

[Source: Canada Gazette]

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